16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

New York City
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
Bismarck
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Cortez
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
Detroit
— 5 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + Fly + train:  6​h 45​min
New York City

2
days
Minneapolis

Minneapolis
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Mill City Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Paul. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Minnesota, have some family-friendly fun at Extreme Sandbox - Minnesota, and then engage your brain at Science Museum of Minnesota.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Minneapolis trip planner.

New York City to Minneapolis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Minneapolis due to the time zone difference. In October, Minneapolis is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 59°F and lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Saint Paul, SEA LIFE Minnesota, Extreme Sandbox - Minnesota
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Mill City Museum
Mill City Museum
Science Museum of Minnesota
Science Museum of Minnesota
Cathedral of Saint Paul ©
Cathedral of Saint Paul

few
hours
Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bismarck trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Bismarck takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Minneapolis in October since evenings lows in Bismarck dip to 34°F. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Bismarck

Museums
Highlights from your plan

3
days
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seven Falls and Red Rock Canyon. Get some cultural insight at Old Colorado City Historic District and National Museum-World War II Aviation. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, make a trip to U.S. Olympic Training Center, get your game on at Arcade Amusements Inc., and take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Bismarck to Colorado Springs with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Bismarck in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arcade Amusements Inc., North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Seven Falls ©
Seven Falls
North Pole - Santa's Workshop
North Pole - Santa's Workshop

1
day
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a Municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs travel itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Colorado Springs to Pagosa Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in October: high temperatures in Pagosa Springs hover around 59°F and lows are around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Spas
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Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
San Juan Historical Museum ©
San Juan Historical Museum

2
days
Cortez

Cortez
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum., then take an in-depth tour of Anasazi Heritage Center [museum] & Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and then explore the ancient world of Hovenweep National Monument.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cortez trip generator.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Cortez takes 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in October: highs in Cortez hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 33°F. On the 22nd (Sun), you're off toDetroit.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Dolores
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Spruce Tree House
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

5
days
Detroit

Detroit
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Marblehead Lighthouse State Park and Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad. Kids will enjoy Maumee Bay State Park and Detroit Zoo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Detroit: Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial (in Put in Bay), Snook's Dream Cars (in Bowling Green) and Toledo (Imagination Station & The Toledo Museum of Art). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, admire all the interesting features of Comerica Park, and browse the exhibits of Motown Museum.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Detroit itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cortez to Detroit. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cortez to Detroit due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cortez in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Detroit, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Toledo, Dearborn, Maumee Bay State Park, Snook's Dream Cars, Detroit Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Maumee Bay State Park
Maumee Bay State Park
Marblehead Lighthouse State Park ©
Marblehead Lighthouse State Park
The Toledo Museum of Art
The Toledo Museum of Art

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